Oscars: 'Blade Runner,' 'Last Jedi,' 'Wonder Woman,' 'Beauty and the Beast,' among 20 films on Visual Effects shortlist

Dave McNary

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected 20 films to move forward in the visual effects category for the 90th Academy Awards.

AMPAS made the announcement on Monday. The list is dominated by big-budget tentpole films such as “Dunkirk,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”  “Justice League,” “Spider-Man Homecoming,”  “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” “War for the Planet of the Apes” and “Wonder Woman,” but also includes South Korean action-fantasy “Ojka” and Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War tale “The Shape of Water,” which carries a budget of under $20 million.

The films are listed in alphabetical order below:

“Alien: Covenant”

“Beauty and the Beast”

Blade Runner 2049

Dunkirk

‘‘Ghost in the Shell”

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”

“Justice League”

“Kong: Skull Island”

“Life”

“Logan”

“Ojka”

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”

“The Shape of Water”

“Spider-Man Homecoming”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Thor: Ragnarok

“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”

“War for the Planet of the Apes”

“Wonder Woman”

The Academy’s visual effects branch executive committee determined the preliminary shortlist. The panel will select the 10 films that will advance to nominations voting later this month.

The top four domestic box officer performers — “Beauty and the Beast,” “Wonder Woman,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and “Spider-Man Homecoming” There are two films that have not yet opened: Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: the Last Jedi.”

Last year’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” nabbed an Academy Awards nomination for the team of John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” also receive an Oscar nomination. The original 1977 “Star Wars” won the VFX Oscar for John Stears, John Dykstra, Richard Edlund, Grant McCune, and Robert Blalack.

Nominations for the 90th Oscars will be announced on Jan. 23. The ceremony will be held on March 4 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, and will be televised live on ABC.

“The Jungle Book” won the category this year over “Deepwater Horizon,” “Doctor Strange,” “Kubo and the Two Strings” and “Rogue One: a Star Wars Story.” “Ex Machina,” “Interstellar,” “Gravity” and “Life of Pi” are the four previous winners.

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